West Papuan MSG bid at a dead end, says Jakarta

Indonesia says the United Liberation Movement for West Papua’s bid to be a full member of the Melanesian Spearhead group has reached a dead end. MSG leaders meeting in Port Moresby this week referred the Movement’s application to the group’s secretariat for processing under new membership guidelines. The Movement already has observer status at the MSG but the group’s leaders […]

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Solomons Island apologises for sour relations within MSG

PRIME Minister Rick Houenipwela used his hand-over speech to his Papua New Guinea counterpart to apologise for any sour relations with other member countries during its two year as chair of the Melanesia Spearhead Group (MSG). “Bilaterally, under our chairmanship over the two years, we may have renewed or soured some relationships with other members of our sub region by […]

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Indonesia warns MSG members against meddling in other countries` sovereignty

Director General of Asia-Pacific and African Affairs of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry, Desra Percaya, has warned Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) members against meddling in other countries` affairs in realizing regional cooperation programs. Desra made the remarks while addressing a MSG ministerial meeting in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on Tuesday, in his capacity as chief of the Indonesian delegation to […]

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21st MSG Leaders’ Summit set to go in PNG

Preparations are in earnest in Port Moresby to welcome Melanesia Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders for their 21st biennial summit on Wednesday (14 February). Senior officials from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and the FLNKS in New Caledonia were meeting over the weekend ahead of the Leaders’ Summit to finalise issues to go before MSG Leaders for their decision. […]

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MSG leaders to discuss membership matters

Leaders of Melanesian Spearhead Group member states are to deliberate on long-pending membership matters this week in Port Moresby. Papua New Guinea’s prime minister Peter O’Neill, who is taking on the MSG chairmanship, is hosting the leaders in his country’s capital. Leaders of all the other independent Melanesian states are expected to join Mr O’Neill for this week’s summit. This […]

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